Garbage Collector

Garbage Collectors are also known as recycling and rubbish collectors. These professionals collect, recycle, and dispose of household, commercial, and industrial waste.

Duties and tasks

  • Collecting rubbish and recycling from preordained locations
  • Coordinating larger disposal systems
  • Driving and riding in/on garbage collection trucks
  • Loading and unloading garbage collection trucks at appropriate facilities
  • Operating trash compacting equipment

Skills required

  • Ability to manipulate and control dials, switches, and gauges
  • Active listening skills
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Keen judgment and decision-making abilities
  • Physical agility and strength

Working conditions

Garbage collectors workplaces are usually mobile, as they operate and ride on vans that travel from place to place to pick up rubbish. At times, garbage collectors may work in stationary garbage plants to accept, organise, and dispose of rubbish properly.

Professional associations / Industry information

Construction & Property Services Industry Skills Council (CPSISC) 

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) Facilitating sustainable waste and resource management across Australia 

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  • Construction Worker
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  • Recycler
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  • Waste Collector